Desktop digital dynamo

TEAC's UD-H01 digital-to-analog converter proves that full-sized sound doesn't always require a full-sized component. Just plug your computer into this compact desktop DAC's USB input to enjoy big-time sound qualiy with the music on your PC. The TEAC works wonders with uncompressed high-res and lossless music files. And even Internet streaming audio sources sound more fleshed out — not just listenable but actually enjoyable. The UD-H01 performs much better than even high-quality sound cards, which are handicapped by having to operate in the noisy environment inside your computer. Plus, its classy, slimline form will look great in your home or office.

High-res audio

Ready for high-res music

Versatile digital music handling comes courtesy of dual built-in Burr-Brown DACs that support high-resolution sampling rates and bit depths up to 192kHz/32-bits. The UD-H01's asynchronous USB input allows the DAC to control the timing clock signal instead of your computer, reducing jitter to the lowest levels possible for smoother, more detailed sound. The TEAC website has all the free USB driver downloads you'll need for computer playback available online. The UD-H01 also takes advantage of a beefy toroidal transformer-based power supply and dual-mono circuit design throughout for powerful sound, optimum channel separation, and clear stereo imaging.

The ins and outs

The TEAC UD-H01 sports multiple inputs and outputs to handle your audio system's needs.

The TEAC UD-H01 sports multiple inputs and outputs to handle your audio system's needs.

This DAC features three inputs: the aforementioned USB, plus two digital inputs (1 coax, 1 optical) for connecting a CD/DVD player, game console, or other audio device with a digital output. You also get both unbalanced RCA  and balanced XLR audio output connectors to hook up a pair of powered speakers or an external amplifier. Or, keep your listening immersive and private by plugging in to the headphone output on the front panel.

Product Highlights:

  • twin Burr Brown PCM1795 192kHz/32-bit digital-to-analog converters in dual differential mode for precise, low-noise playback
  • asynchronous USB operation for reduced timing jitter and better sound (drivers required before use; available as free downloads on TEAC's website)
  • sampling-rate upconversion to 192kHz
  • incoming sampling rate indicator helps verify source quality
  • built-in headphone amplifier with full-size (1/4") front-panel headphone jack and volume control
  • two digital inputs with optical and RCA coaxial jacks
  • USB (Type B) input for connection to a computer (free USB driver downloads available from TEAC website)
  • RCA and balanced XLR audio outputs
  • supported sample rates: 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz
  • supports Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Mac OSX 10.6.4 or later operating systems
  • frequency response: 5Hz to 55kHz (-3 dB @ 192kHz sampling frequency)
  • THD: 0.0015% (1 kHz @ 192kHz sampling frequency)
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 115 dB
  • large toroidal power transformer
  • detachable AC power cord
  • 8-1/2"W x 2-1/4"H x 8-1/2"D
  • weight: 3.3 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • If connecting to a TV, please make sure you can select "PCM" output in its audio menu. This DAC cannot decode multi-channel Dolby® Digital signals.

Turn 1s and 0s into sweet sounding music

Why buy a separate DAC? These devices are all about getting true high-fidelity sound from digital sources like computers, streaming music players, smartphones, and more. While these kinds of sources usually have their own digital-to-analog converters built in, you can expect a separate DAC to give you much better accuracy and finer detail.

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DAC is good quality

Written By Tarek, the Washington, DC Area on Tuesday, December 23, 2014

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The DAC is good quality that seems like a sturdy quality product. I'd recommend this DAC to anyone looking to improve sound qualiy.

Pros: Sound quality greatly improved.

Cons: Ready instructions carefully, lots and lots of instruction info.


Written By Daniel D., Detroit, MI on Saturday, December 20, 2014

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I hate to admit this, but I once paid $1,5000 dollars for a Theta DAC in the '90s that wasn't as good as today's bargain priced TEAC UD-H01. OK, the Thetas weren't built in China and they didn't have access to the better chips from Texas Instruments (now Burr Brown), but they had big expensive cases, supposedly high end parts, cool input and output connections and limited production runs, but who cares! Inflation has killed the high-end for a good number of us. For example, look at the increased prices for McIntosh gear. Is it really worth what they're asking? Good news! If you can live without the glass, green lights and hype, there are a number of better sounding and less expensive alternatives. Consider the TEAC UD-H01 as one of them and if you're not smitten you probably don't believe in Santa Clause, hate kittens, puppies and girl scout cookies!

Pros: Price, sound, simplicity, and beats the mega-buck ego enhancing DACS

Cons: Obviously not as transparent and good in the bass as other big buck DACS, but come on it's low priced

Teac UD-H01

Written By Samuel, Puerto Rico on Sunday, December 14, 2014

Muy Contento con mi Teac UD-H01 lo uso con mis audifonos Sennheiser HD 598 y realmente se nota la diferencia , todavía no lo conecto por Optical solo con USB por el momento y suena muy bien.

I´m very happy with the Teac UD-H01 which I use with my Sennheiser HD598 headphones and I can really hear the difference. I still haven´t used the optical connection, just USB, but so far, so good. Sounds really great.

Pros: Cumple con lo esperado 192 KHZ Does what I expected at 192 KHZ

Cons: Me hubiera gustado Negro ,pero Silver esta bonito tambien. I would have liked it in black, but silver´s alright.

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OH My I love it!!

Written By Richard, PA on Thursday, September 25, 2014

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Love it! Just got it working, crushing my room!! Girlfriend looking ticked haha

I like it.

Written By arkitektn, murfreesboro TN on Monday, August 25, 2014

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I really like the sound. When I stream my music the DAC makes it sound incredibly nice. My flac files sound as nice as they sound when I put one on a thumb drive and plug it directly into my receiver. My only complaint is that unless I use the TEAC media player that comes with it, the DAC doesn't display whether it's a 96, 176, 192 flac play out. Doesn't affect the sound just doesn't display properly. The truth is I think it's probably my computer or my computer setup.

Pros: Very nice sound especially for the price.

Cons: Really can't find one.

Two 32-Bit DAC's for How Much? Wow.

Written By John, Orlando, Florida on Saturday, June 28, 2014

This is a fabulous DAC. It actually has two (2) DAC's built-in, which operate at a very impressive and rarely-seen 32 bit level (not 24 bit). Try finding those specs in another DAC priced under a thousand bucks... much less priced under three hundred as this one is. It also tells you the sampling rate being read with an LED light. The only criticism I have of this unit is that the headphone amp is not very powerful. It will only drive my low-impeadence (easy-to-drive) SHURE 1440 headphones to a "moderately loud" level at its "maximum" before it tops-out. So if you are looking for the best DAC on the market at anywhere near this price... this is it. If you are looking for a very powerful headphone amp... this is only a moderately powerful headphone amp. The physical build-quality is top-rate... finely machined aluminum and beautiful polished piano-finish top. I am pleased with it overall.

Pros: TWO (2) DAC's built-in, which operate at a very impressive and rarely-seen 32 bit level (not 24 bit). That's unheard of at anywhere near this price level... or even double this price level. Physical build-quality is top-rate... finely machined aluminum and beautiful polished piano-finish top.

Cons: The headphone amp is not very powerful. It will only drive my low-impeadence (easy-to-drive) SHURE 1440 headphones to a "moderately loud" level at its "maximum" volume level for headphones, before it tops-out.


Written By JB, Albuquerque, NM on Friday, June 20, 2014

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This DAC sounds great!! I am using the USB input from my PC running Windows XP Professional. It took less than 10 minutes to get working, including the time to download the drivers from the TEAC website. I am using the DAC to power a pair of Sennheiser RS170 wireless headphones. I stream music from Pandora and it is amazing how clear and smooth the mids & highs are. Definitely worth the investment.

teac hd 101.

Written By Anonymous, Fairhope Al on Sunday, April 13, 2014

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Works great with tv. Couldn't make it work with computer. Downloaded driver but still couldn't work it with computer. Used a rca cable from computer to unit and that worked fine.


Written By Nosie415, Long Beach CA, USA on Tuesday, April 08, 2014

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I am using this with a mac book running 10.9.2 (usb), a teac CD player with iPod (coaxial), so far it has worked with out any glitches, sounds good, drivers are solid. I've used the mac running iTunes and Audirvana Plus and also Pure music, no probs switching rates but the teac DAC will click when it makes the change. I don't know why, maybe to let you know of the change. I have also used it with Ableton Live and although there is quite a bit of latency it works without any glitches and sounds good. My three minor complaints are (1) the lack of power from the headphone output, I'm running 250 ohm headphones and have to have it turned to max for quite passages of music, (2) clicking as mentioned (3) amount of heat emanating form unit, I wanted to have it tucked away in a closed cabinet but that seemed like a bad idea now. All in all I'm happy. If you think you need a DAC I'd recommend it.

Pros: decent size, build quality, connivence of being able to hook up three devices, two sets of outputs (balanced xlr and rca)

Cons: headphone amp struggles with 250 ohm, clicking sound when switching kHz,

An Excellent DAC for the money

Written By Nightstar, CA on Saturday, March 29, 2014

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Out of the box, it worked right away. I hooked it up to my old gears which comprised of an Arcam cd player, Musical Fidelity preamp and amp and my new Kef ls50. At first, it already sounded very good: good bass, clear mid and clear high. However, it was a little bright and sterile while imaging precision was not evident. I as continue to play more and more, about 50 hours or so, everything seems to be together better. The mid improves while the high becomes smoother, and the image and sound stage get more defined. The bass is also more defined and tighter. The more I play the more it gets better, for sure better than the dac in my cd player. I have not tried the usb connection yet, so I can't comment on it, but the coaxial and optical connection work excellent.

Pros: Works very well and sound very good

Cons: I notice a clicking sound when switching to a different connection, but it definitely doe not bother me at all.


Written By Scott, Hobe Sound, FL on Monday, March 24, 2014

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For an entry level DAC this is a great unit. I did a lot of research prior to purchasing this and it paid off. Only problem was I wasn't getting optical out of the Mac Mini port. After calls to both Apple & Crutchfield, who were very helpful yet stumped, I realized I had plugged into the wrong port. DUH on my part, lol. This unit perks up even mp3 sound. Great unit. Highly recommend.

Pros: Sounds great. Easy to install & use.

Cons: None


Written By PRed, Powhatan, VA on Thursday, January 23, 2014

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I had recently read about noise from computers causing a less than preferred sound quality with music played on the computer. So, I decided to try this unit out. The TEAC definitely improved the sound greatly through my speakers. The music I have is both good and bad quality and the good quality music from ripped cd's was improved, but the real difference was how much the quality increased of the bad music. I heard detail that was impossible before. This purchase was well worth the cost. I love listening to music while I am on my computer and a lot of it was not of the highest quality. Now it is really good to listed to. I really enjoyed it more because the device was simple to hook up, just install the driver before, very simple. I really am enjoying my music a lot more. I would have given it 5 stars, but I have not previously tried a dac/amp and do not know the difference. I have been listening to music through stereos and in my car for 25+ years and feel I know the differences in sound quality.

Pros: Easy set up. Much improved sound quality. Ease of use of device.

Cons: None.


Written By JoeB, Fremont,MI on Thursday, December 05, 2013

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Was easy to download the driver from TEAC for my Mac, but make sure to go into system preferences,sound and switch the "output" to the TEAC usb. Also make sure to have a 1/4 to 1/8 adapter on hand, it use's the old style 1/4 headphone plug and most headphones now use the 1/8 plug. Had to drive an hour to get one so I could listen thru the 'phones. But the sound it produces thru the headphones, WOW! Worth the money!

Pros: Great sound, easy set up.

Cons: No headphone adapter, size larger than expected, but not a deal breaker.

Great DAC, Great value

Written By RobRector, Antelope, CA on Thursday, November 21, 2013

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Very easy to set up on both my Mac Mini and my Windows 8 Laptop. It does a real nice job improving lower quality mp3's and music streaming services. In some A/B testing with and without the device in the system I noticed a lot more clarity and more pronounced bass response. My main goal was to use this as a headphone amplifier with my computers. It works very well with easy to drive headphones like my Sennheiser HD600's and B&W P3's. I wouldn't recommend it for low impedance headphones though. I have a set of the Audeze LCD-2's and it doesn't drive them very well. I also recommend a nice quality USB cable with it, like the Audioquest Carbon.

Pros: Price, appearance, and very easy to set up.

Cons: Headphone amp lacks power for hard to drive headphones.

Found - Missing Music

Written By Don N, West Chester, OH on Thursday, March 28, 2013

This is truly a great product. It took all of 10 minutes to setup, including downloading the driver for my Mac. I never knew I was missing that much music. I have some very nice amplified speakers connected to my Mac but this DAC took the sound to an entirely new level. I did an A/B comparison by listening to the same song with and without the unit. There is loads more clear and tight bass, as well as clean and clear highs that I did not have before. Sure, it's pricey but the music sounds great now, not just decent.

Pros: Simple setup, Great looks, Quality design

Cons: Not much, maybe price.

Hands-on research

What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • USB audio DAC
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • 40" Stereo RCA cable
  • Owner's Manual (En/Fr/Sp)
  • USB Driver Notice
  • Warranty Card
  • List of worldwide TEAC distributors and servicing facilities

Product Research


USB Audio DAC: The TEAC UD-H01 features coaxial and optical S/P DIF digital audio inputs, as well as a USB port to allow use as a high-quality D/A converter. These digital inputs connect to a premium-quality Burr Brown PCM1795 dual DAC with up to 192kHz/32-bit audio resolution for the highest-quality sources. The device can receive data asynchronously meaning the timing signal is included reducing jitter to the absolute lowest level. Input sources can even be up-converted to higher sampling rates for smoother audio quality. Output terminals include gold-plated RCA connectors, line-level output and XLR balanced output terminals for connection to a full-fledged high-end operation amplifier.

Dual Monaural Configuration with Independent Left/Right DACs: The TEAC UD-H01 incorporates two 32-bit/192kHz Burr Brown D/A converters (PCM1795); one for each channel. The dual-monaural configuration eliminates interference between the channels for maximum performance from the D/A converters. A shunt-regulator circuit supplies the current to the D/A converters in order to eliminate ground noise generated by fluctuations in the supply voltage

192kHz Up-Conversion: All digital input signals are converted to 192kHz via non-integral up-sampling, dramatically reducing jitter and allowing consistent D/A conversion based on the high-precision internal clock. ASRC (Asynchronous Sampling Rate Converter) is used to produce a natural, 192kHz high-sampling rate digital audio signal.

Supported Formats: The TEAC UD-H01 is the perfect DAC for playback of high-resolution computer formats like FLAC, WAV, and Apple Lossless. Its three digital inputs (optical/coaxial/USB) support sampling rates of 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, and 19kHz. 16- and 24-bit rates are supported. There are six front-panel LEDs (44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192) to indicate which sampling frequency is being input.

USB Type-B Port for Computer Audio Streaming: The TEAC UD-H01 features a USB (type-B) port for connecting your Windows PC or Mac computer. The UD-H01 digitally transfers audio source material stored on your computer to your connected amplifier at up to 24-bit/192kHz. The UD-H01 also supports USB asynchronous mode, which uses its precise internal clock to control timing and eliminate jitter issues. This allows optimal playback of high-resolution digital audio files from playlists/libraries in your iTunes, Windows Media Player, or similar playback programs on your computer. This unit does not offer control over your computer's music files.

Note: Before using the UD-H01 with your computer, you will need to download and install the dedicate TEAC driver on your Windows PC or MAC. Supported operating systems included Windows (XP*/Vista/7/8) and Mac OS X (Snow Leopard/Lion/Mountain Lion). *Windows XP Professional x64 Edition is not supported.

Optical & Coaxial Digital Inputs: The TEAC UD-H01 is fitted with optical (toslink) and coaxial (RCA) digital inputs for connection of other digital audio sources like your CD, DVD, or Blu-ray player. These digital inputs will accept two channel linear PCM (not Dolby Digital/DTS).

Independent Balanced & Unbalanced Outputs: For output to powered speakers or an amplifier, a Muse 8920 dual-operation line amplifier terminates to gold-plated stereo RCA and balanced XLR outputs. The output circuit is completely independent in the left and right sides for optimum channel separation and clear stereo imaging.

Stereo Headphone Amp: The same high-quality operational amplifier used for line output is used for headphone amplifier output. A dedicated high-quality aluminum knob controls the headphone volume. This allows users to enjoy a high-sampling-rated digital audio in spaces with neighbors close by, or other situations where speaker playback might disturb others. The unit is fitted with a front-panel 1/4" headphone jack.

High-Performance Power Supply: The UD-H01 uses a high-capacity toroidal-core power supply transformer capable of providing a stable current with high efficiency. This minimizes flux leakage and eliminates noise generated by electromagnetic induction.

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